2019–2020 Extracurricular Activities

TNCS offers a range of extracurricular activities (ECAs) after the school day is over. Enrollment in extracurricular programs is optional. Activities are offered on a quarterly basis, except for music programs, which run on a semester-long (i.e., two quarters) basis.

After Care as well as non–After Care students are welcome to register for extracurricular activities. In addition, ECAs and are open to non-TNCS students who meet the age/grade requirements.

After-school Extracurricular Activities—more ways to have fun and keep learning!

Important Information: Extracurricular Activities

  • Activities run quarterly, on school days only (no holidays or inclement weather days). For what days of the week activities are offered, please see FamilyID
  • You must register for ECAs on FamilyID. You may register for future quarters at any time with a deposit. Payment for upcoming quarters is due 10 days prior to the start of the quarter. You will receive an email reminder prompting you to log in to FamilyID to pay your balance (there is no auto-payment).
  • ECAs are led either by TNCS staff or by trusted third-party providers. Fees vary by activity.
  • Age and grade restrictions also vary by activity. While some activities are available for children as young as age 4, most ECAs are geared toward Elementary and Middle School students in Grades K–8.
  • ECAs start at 3:45 pm, just after regular dismissal.
  • Non–After Care families are encouraged to enroll. 
  • Non–After Care parents who prefer to pick up their child after an activity ends may add After Care until 5:00 pm or 6:00 pm on days their child is enrolled in ECAs.
  • For offsite programs, TNCS offers transportation to partner organizations.
  • ECAs are open to TNCS and non-TNCS students.
  • ECAs must meet a minimum enrollment to run, and TNCS may cancel an ECA at any time due to low enrollment. In the event an ECA is canceled, you will receive a refund for the canceled portion.

At a Glance: 2019–2020 Extracurricular Activities

ECAs for the 2019–2020 school year are more exciting and varied than ever! Use the chart below for a convenient overview. ECAs run quarterly and are led either by TNCS staff or by our recognized partners. For activity descriptions, see the section below. For days offered, please see FamilyID.

Activity  Grades Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Cost
Art and Culture of China K–3rd Θ $40
Awesome (Edible) Science Experiments 3rd–8th Θ $100
Bowling* K–8th Θ Θ $120
Checkmate: Chess for All Levels 3rd–8th Θ Θ $150
Collage Montage K–8th Θ $35
Chinese Yoga “Qigong” Age 4–2nd Θ $175
Conversational Chinese I Age 4–1st Θ Θ Θ Θ $200
Conversational Spanish I Age 4–1st Θ Θ $200
Conversational Spanish II 2nd–8th Θ Θ $200
Hispanic Heritage Night K–8th Θ
Intro to Chorus 1st–8th Θ $110
Jiu Jitsu K–3rd Θ  Θ $160
Junior FutureMakers Age 4–2nd Θ Θ Θ Θ $280
Let’s Dance: Bollywood K–8th Θ $35
Pending: Let’s Dance: Jazz 1st–6th TBD
Let’s Dance: Tippi Toes Ballet Age 4–K Θ $175
Math Detectives 2nd–6th Θ $35
Modern Masters: Art with Ms. Hilary K–8th Θ Θ Θ Θ $160
Project Kindness 3rd–8th Θ $35
Razzle Tazzle Bedazzle 2nd–6th Θ $125
Pending: Razzle Tazzle Bedazzle Junior Age 4–2nd Θ TBD
Say It with Style: Etiquette & Manners Age 4–2nd Θ Θ $280
Spa Creations 2nd–8th Θ $75
Spotlighters Theater K–5th Θ Θ $180
Team Quest 1st–3rd Θ $35
Weave Loom Sew Create! 2nd–8th Θ $75
Word Detectives K–3rd Θ $35
Coppermine~ K–8th Θ Θ Θ Θ CM

*This activity takes place offsite. Offsite programs include transportation to and from the site location.
~Coppermine pricing; register through Coppermine Du Burns.

TNCS Strings Program

All academic year music programs run the full semester (i.e., two quarters) and are priced for the semester.
 
Level  Grades Time Day(s) Cost / Semester Description
Novice Violin/Cello K–8th 4:00–4:30 pm Wednesdays and Fridays $460 This class is an entry point into the TNCS Strings Program. Students with little or no experience are taught by an experienced strings teacher in a small-group setting. Students begin to develop proper playing technique while practicing scales, études, and repertoire from the Suzuki books and elsewhere. 
String Ensemble I K–8th 4:30–5:30 pm Fridays $285 In the TNCS Violin, Viola, Cello, and Bass Ensemble, students come together as a group to experience the joy of making music in a collaborative environment. Participation is open to students who have at least 1 year of experience playing their chosen instrument, independent of their ability to read music.
String Ensemble II 2nd–8th 4:30–5:30 pm Wednesdays $285 For students playing at a more advanced level, this option is open to students who have participated in String Ensemble for at least 2 years and who have 3 years of experience playing their chosen instrument. Students are expected to be able to read music.

Additional Information

  • In order to learn the skills required to progress, students are strongly encouraged to practice at home for at least 15 minutes each day. A concert for parents will be given at the end of each semester.
  • Students must provide their own instruments. Perrin and Associates Fine Violins, located in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City, rents instruments of all sizes in wonderful condition.

About the Strings Program Instructor

Yoshiaki Horiguchi has been acclaimed by the Baltimore Sun for his ability to put on a “dazzling display of dexterity and panache” and featured by the Examiner in a “Must Watch Video.” Yoshi is an active double bassist, pedagogue, and educator in the D.C.–Baltimore area. His endeavors span a broad spectrum of genres. He has performed with the York Symphony, Baltimore Boom Bap Society, Opera Camerata of Washington, Classical Revolution, and more. Most recently, he sat as principal bass for a Naxos recording under the direction of Marin Alsop to record works by Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. Yoshi proudly hails from the studios of Ed Malaga, Jeff Koczela, Laura Ruas, Paul DeNola, and Paul Johnson.

In addition to being an active performer, Yoshi is a highly sought-after pedagogue. Having served as the low-strings department chair and string ensemble director of the Baltimore Symphony’s El Sistema–inspired OrchKids program, faculty for Peabody’s Bass Works, and faculty for American Music System, his teaching experience is vast. Yoshi’s International Society of Bassists pedagogy research submission is currently being used as a resource to influence bass teachers across the country. He is also certified in the Mark O’Connor strings method and has studied the Suzuki strings method, making him an all-around strings pedagogy expert.

Yoshi graduated as a Linehan Artist Scholar from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and is proud to be an Aegon USA scholar at the Peabody Conservatory at the Johns Hopkins University for his graduate studies.

 

Small Group Piano and Voice Lessons

 
Level  Grades Time Day(s) Cost/ Semester Description
Piano Lessons K–8th TBD TBD TBD

Lessons are 30 minutes once per week. Groups comprise no more than three students, and students are grouped by experience.

Two books are required: Bastien Piano Basics and Bastien Piano Basics Theory, both at the student’s level (e.g., Level 1). Homework will be assigned in the Theory book, and regular practicing is expected.

Voice Lessons K–8th TBD TBD TBD Lessons are 30 minutes once per week, with no more than three students per group.

 

 

ECA Registration is Open

Extracurricular Program Descriptions

Descriptions for new ECAs are currently being updated. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please check back soon.

Adobe Photoshop Elements

About Adobe Photoshop Elements

Students enter the world of graphic design in Photoshop class. Beginning with the fundamentals of how to alter and enhance photos, students will progress to designing collages, greeting cards, movie posters, and more. Other graphics programs may also be introduced, as students are ready. With the basic tools at their disposal, students will bring their visual creations to life!

 

Art and Culture of China

Explore Chinese art and culture through arts and crafts projects, singing and dancing, playing traditional games, and preparing and eating Chinese dishes. 

 

Awesome (Edible) Science Experiments

Are you ready to pair your two greatest loves—science and food—into one? If so, challenge your brain and your taste buds in this exciting new ECA.

Whether we are learning about eruptions through chocolate volcano cupcakes, creating glow-in-the-dark edible slime, or racing (and eating) Mars rovers down the street, we are going to have a great time!

 

Bookmaking: Polished & Published

About Bookmaking: Polished & Published

Writers plan, draft, illustrate, and publish a picture book or short graphic novel. The book can be fiction or nonfiction on a topic of the student’s choice. Each week, we will focus on a different step of the publishing process, beginning with brainstorming and ending with a publishing party.

 

Bowling

Location: Patterson Bowling Center (2105 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD 21231)
Transportation: Bus service to and from the site location is provided.

About Duckpin Bowling

We take students to the Patterson Bowling Center for an hour of duckpin bowling fun, returning to TNCS after the session. Duckpin Bowling is a time to enjoy bowling with classmates, strengthen friendships, and reinforce sportsmanship.

Checkmate: Chess for All Levels

For novice and experienced players alike, students are placed in small teams and work at their own level. Hosted by Baltimore Chess Developers, this activity helps students learn methods of chess designed to improve cognitive, interpersonal, and critical thinking skills. 

 

Chinese "Qigong" Yoga

About Chinese “Qigong” Yoga

Chinese yoga focuses on qi, which is the life force or vital energy that flows through all things in the universe, and gong, which is a skill cultivated through steady practice. Students practice yoga through a series of specialized exercise and posture techniques in slow, circular movements while focusing on regulated breathing and focused meditation.

 

Collage Montage

Collage Montage

Students in this new ECA use different types of paper to create collaged art pieces. Flex your creative muscles and get making with these hands-on art techniques!

 

Conversational Chinese

About Conversational Chinese

Conversational Chinese provides a wonderful opportunity for students to increase their proficiency in a small-group setting. This class, led by a native Mandarin speaker, encourages speaking through age-appropriate games and play.

Students at Level 1 are able to recognize some characters from basic topics, such as numbers, colors, and animals. They are also able to use some simple grammar and sentences to describe things and begin to participate in basic dialogue.

 

Conversational Spanish I

About Conversational Spanish I

Conversational Spanish provides a wonderful opportunity for students to increase their proficiency in a small-group setting. This class, led by a native Spanish speaker, encourages speaking through age-appropriate games and play.

Students at Level 1 are able to recognize some characters from basic topics, such as numbers, colors, and animals. They are also able to use some simple grammar and sentences to describe things and begin to participate in basic dialogue.

 

Conversational Spanish II

About Conversational Spanish II

Conversational Spanish provides a wonderful opportunity for students to increase their proficiency in a small-group setting. This class, led by a native Spanish speaker, encourages speaking through age-appropriate games and play.

Students at Level 2 are able to hold basic conversations and understand the rudiments of grammar.

 

Cooking Club

About Cooking Club

In this culinary journey, students learn cooking fundamentals while having fun cooking (and eating!) a delicious dish.

Each week, students cook a recipe connected to a read-aloud book. These books are favorites such as Dragons Love Tacos and If You Give a Pig a Pancake. The class also emphasizes measurement skills. Students will bring home a recipe card to share with their families at the end of each week-long session.

View or download the booklet of recipes that Cooking Club compiled during the 2016–2017 school year.

 

Intro to Chorus

About Intro to Chorus

This ECA focuses on proper singing technique, music theory, and singing in harmonies. Students also sing songs in various languages as well as singing a cappella.

 

Hispanic Heritage Night

About Hispanic Heritage Night

Students must be willing to practice and perform at Hispanic Heritage Night on October 17, 2019 from 6:00 pm–7:30 pm.

 

Jui Jitsu

About Jiu Jitsu

This basics class is for new students who are interested in starting their Jiu Jitsu adventure. Students are introduced to the concepts and techniques that have allowed Jiu Jitsu to be the world’s most effective martial art. Along with basic positions, students also learn terminology and etiquette that will serve them long after they have progressed to the fundamentals class. This class is taught at a relaxed pace so students do not feel overwhelmed while learning new skills.

 

Junior FutureMakers

About Junior FutureMakers

Themes vary by quarter. Students work on a single theme each quarter, for example, Mikala the Robot, which involves building, motors, pneumatics, and marble mazes.

Let's Dance: Bollywood

About Let’s Dance: Bollywood

Students learn up to four different styles of dancing in Bollywood, such as Traditional, Folk, Tollywood, Contemporary, Western, Soft, Techno, and International, which are all used in Bollywood dance. Students learn and perfect a new dance set by the end of the quarter.

 

Let's Dance: Jazz

About Let’s Dance: Jazz

Students are first introduced to the basic dance elements of jazz dancing Additional description coming soon.

 

Let's Dance: Tippi Toes Ballet

Join Tippi Toes® for a positive, upbeat dance class based on original, imaginative, and FUN music! Our instructors teach by doing so your dancer will be in a constant state of motion while they learn the basic elements of ballet. Tippi Jam is a great way for students to exercise their bodies and practice those singing voices in a way that is fun and healthy!

Tippi Toes® Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem.

Tippi Toes® Dance Company’s award-winning dance classes have a remarkable impact on social and developmental growth. Tippi Toes®classes fuel and develop the imagination, critical thinking and sharpen both cognitive and creative skills.

 

Let's Dance: Merengue/Salsa

About Let’s Dance: Merengue/Salsa

Students are first introduced to the basic dance elements of Merengue, a style of dance indigenous to the Dominican Republic. Merengue emphases simplicity in step patterns rather than drama and style. Halfway through the quarter, students are introduced to Salsa, a dance style native to Cuba and Puerto Rico. During Salsa, students use their familiar Merengue dance moves and integrate Salsa dancing’s unique rotations and rhythmic motions.

 

Math Games

About Math Games

A common misconception about math is that it is boring. Math Games gives students a fun, creative way to learn math through competitive games and cooperative learning. Students practice math through a serious of games, questionnaires, puzzles, and other forms of learning to dive into math’s complex topics. Students use this safe math space to learn specific topics such as data, numbers, money, measurement, and concepts relating to geometry and algebra.

 

Modern Masters: Art with Ms. Hilary

About Art Class

Themes vary by quarter. Each session includes a variety of mixed media, such as drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking, and collage. Students are given the opportunity to make a final presentation at the end. A healthy snack and art supplies are included in the activity cost.

About the Instructor

Hilary Christian knew at a young age that the world of art would be her life path. She is passionate about painting but also uses mixed media (often sculptural in nature) to fully express herself when painting seems insufficient. She received a full tuition scholarship to attend the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in General Fine Art. She later earned her Masters of Professional Studies in Creative Art Therapy from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she graduated in the top of her class.

In 2009, she had the prestigious honor of being one of the “Top 40 Entries” in the Washington Post Marshmallow Peeps, which showcased her edible creation titled “Charm City Roller Peeps vs. D.C Roller Peeps.” In 2015, Hilary had her first solo show at the Alchemy of Art Gallery, located in charming Fells Point, where she exhibited her illustrated “Soul Emancipator” series. Also that year, she was a visiting artist at the American Visionary Art Museum.

In 2016, she partnered with the staff and children of the Living Classrooms Foundation to create La Sirena Catrina, a large-scale skeletal mermaid float that débuted in the Patterson Park’s 2016 Lantern Parade. Hilary received grants from the Creative Alliance, Constellation Energy, and Living Classrooms Foundation to create this sculpture.

She now enjoys being the Owner of Planet Awkward, an arts and entertainment company. In this capacity, she takes her painting to another level, using the human as a canvas.

Hilary teaches art to young people and is enthusiastic about bringing art education to children and helping them tap into their own creativity and self expression.

Project Kindness

Do you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? Are you ready to have open and honest conversations with your peers that will help transform your relationships, school community, and the world into a better place? 

If so, join Project Kindness!

This service-based ECA will open your eyes to the world around you. Whether we are writing letters to the elderly in nursing homes, tackling how to handle toxic social media, or going on nature walks to clean up our community, we take the time each week to better ourselves by giving back to others. 

 

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Razzle Tazzle Bedazzle

Students use rhinestones, gems, and glitter to create one-of-a-kind beautiful pieces of art.

Razzle Tazzle Bedazzle, Junior

In this glitzed and blitzed bedazzling class, students use rhinestones, gems, and glitter to create one-of-a-kind beautiful pieces of art. Age-appropriate projects will have young bedazzlers applying their creativity—and some bling!—to cups, frames, and other fun pieces.

Say It with Style: Etiquette and Manners for Age 4 to Grade 2

About Etiquette Class

Hosted by The International School of Protocol, TNCS’s etiquette programs for students age 4 years through Grade 2 use fun and entertaining activities like coloring, masks, puppets, and other props along with lots of practice to teach social etiquette, communication skills, and table manners to young children.

The following topics may be included:

    • Handshaking and greeting others
    • Introducing yourself and others
    • Everybody is different; Including others;
    • Setting the table
    • Helping others
    • Please, thank you, you’re welcome, excuse me, and I’m sorry
    • Making friends
    • Conversation
    • Behavior at the table
    • Body language
    • Telephone
    • Standing and sitting
    • Hats on or off
    • Gift giving
    • Behavior at the table
    • Host and guest
    • Party time practice!

Visit http://www.schoolofprotocol.com/ to learn more about The International School of Protocol.

About the Instructors

During her years in the corporate world as a vice president for a major corporation, Carol Haislip, Director, interviewed thousands of prospective employees and managed and developed training programs for hundreds of corporate executives and employees on a wide variety of topics. She knows firsthand that first impressions really do last a lifetime. Through her dynamic teaching techniques, she illustrates that an effective professional image is critical for success on the job, in school or in any other social or business environment. Ms. Haislip’s programs in social and communication skills enable individuals to excel in our increasingly global marketplace. Ms. Haslip has appeared on radio and television talk shows and holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. She is a founding partner of Road to Success: Career Development Program.

Cathleen Hanson, Director provides training for business executives, corporations, politicians, groups, schools, and colleges and has appeared on radio and television talk shows. Prior to founding The International School of Protocol, Ms. Hanson was a university professor of communication and nationally recognized speech and debate coach. In addition, she taught courses in the area of public speaking, business communication, group communication, and nonverbal communication. She is an award-winning speaker and writer whose syndicated columns appeared in more than 30 publications nationwide. As a fully engaging top-notch teacher, her emphasis is on teaching adults, teens, and children what she considers to be skills for life. Ms. Hanson holds a Masters in Communication Theory and Research and is also a founding partner of Road to Success: Career Development Program.

 

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Say It with Style: Etiquette and Manners for Grades 3 through 8

About Etiquette Class

Hosted by The International School of Protocol, TNCS’s etiquette programs for students in Grades 3 through 8 focus on skills to help them succeed in the classroom, at home, on the job, with peers–in short, in life. Application of these skills leads to increased opportunities, greater confidence, and improved self-esteem. These highly interactive, informative programs include role-playing activities and instructive materials.

The following topics may be included:

Social Etiquette

  • Welcoming Behaviors
  • Eye Contact
  • Shaking Hands
  • Introducing Yourself
  • Responding When Introduced
  • Greetings from Around the World
  • Introducing Others
  • Showing Proper Respect
  • Common Courtesies
  • Helping Behaviors
  • Avoiding Rude Behaviors
  • Behavior for Public Places
  • Using Escalators, Elevators, and Doors
  • Street Smarts
  • Sporting Events and Good Sportsmanship
  • Behaving as a Good Host and Guest
  • Image and Clothing

Communication Skills

  • Proper Greetings and Introductions
  • Conversation
  • Listening
  • Nonverbal Communication
  • Public Speaking
  • Telephone Etiquette
  • Acts of Kindness and Respect
  • Communication in School
  • The Use of Please, Thank You, Excuse Me
  • Thank You Notes
  • Meeting Persons with Disabilities
  • Compliments
  • Interviewing
  • Electronic Etiquette

Table Manners

  • Place Settings
  • Identifying Utensils and Glassware
  • Proper Use of Napkins
  • Common and Less common Utensils
  • Selecting the Correct Utensils
  • Menu-based Place settings
  • Styles of Dining: American, Continental, Family, Buffet
  • Proper Seating
  • Mealtime Manners
  • Eating Various Foods: Bread, Soup, Dessert,
  • Difficult to Eat Foods
  • Behavior at the Table
  • Entering and Exiting
  • Seating a Girl or Woman
  • Posture and Conversation
  • The Silent Service Code
  • Leaving the Table

Visit http://www.schoolofprotocol.com/ to learn more about The International School of Protocol.

About the Instructors

During her years in the corporate world as a vice president for a major corporation, Carol Haislip, Director, interviewed thousands of prospective employees and managed and developed training programs for hundreds of corporate executives and employees on a wide variety of topics. She knows firsthand that first impressions really do last a lifetime. Through her dynamic teaching techniques, she illustrates that an effective professional image is critical for success on the job, in school or in any other social or business environment. Ms. Haislip’s programs in social and communication skills enable individuals to excel in our increasingly global marketplace. Ms. Haslip has appeared on radio and television talk shows and holds a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in International Business. She is a founding partner of Road to Success: Career Development Program.

Cathleen Hanson, Director provides training for business executives, corporations, politicians, groups, schools, and colleges and has appeared on radio and television talk shows. Prior to founding The International School of Protocol, Ms. Hanson was a university professor of communication and nationally recognized speech and debate coach. In addition, she taught courses in the area of public speaking, business communication, group communication, and nonverbal communication. She is an award-winning speaker and writer whose syndicated columns appeared in more than 30 publications nationwide. As a fully engaging top-notch teacher, her emphasis is on teaching adults, teens, and children what she considers to be skills for life. Ms. Hanson holds a Masters in Communication Theory and Research and is also a founding partner of Road to Success: Career Development Program.

School Newspaper

About School Newspaper

After choosing a name for TNCS’s school newspaper, students will compose a series of both short and long topics of their choice. With the help of their other student news reporters, students take their stories through editing, support, collaboration, and more to publish a school newspaper.

 

 

Spa Creations

About Spa Creations

Students in Spa Creations explore their tactile and olfactory senses as they create luxurious soaps, scrubs, candles, lotions, and more in this popular ECA offering. Students learn the basics of soap-making and expand their craft from there, including making soap designs out of glycerin, bath “bombs,” salt- and sugar-scrubs, and so on, using all-natural, chemical-free materials. Maybe they’ll even share some of their hand-crafted relaxation products with you!

Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance

About Spotlighters Theater: Movement & Dance

Students learn a variety of movement styles from ballet, to jazz, to modern, and more. Much of the style content will depend upon student interest.

About Spotlighters Theater

The Audrey Herman SPOTLIGHTERS has been a part of the Baltimore Theatre Community since 1962. Originally created as part of Mayor Grady’s StageCrafters’ Project within the Parks and Recreation Department in 1958, SPOTLIGHTERS was born when the program ended in 1962. For more than 37 years, the theatre flourished under the leadership and artistic vision of Audrey Herman. Ms. Herman’s program of presenting a new show every month allowed for a wide variety of productions and many opportunities for directors, designers, and actors to experience SPOTLIGHTERS’ intimate setting.

Several alumni of SPOTLIGHTERS, who had their first theatre experience on this stage, have gone on to receive Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Obie Awards, and Academy Award nominations. This list includes David Drake, Obie Award for “The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me” and Howard Rollins, Jr., Academy Award nominations for his role of Colehouse Walker in the movie “Ragtime” and his television role of Virgil Tibbs with Carroll O’Connor in “In the Heat of the Night.”

Team Quest

About Team Quest

Children work in cooperative learning structures and venture to figure how to experiment and find the answers. Can we create a long chain from one piece of paper? Are eggs strong or fragile? Children explore weekly quests in a team approach to find the answers.

Weave Loom Sew Create!

About Weave Sew Loom Create!

Students use different types of materials (like yarn and paper) to create woven art pieces.

Word Detectives

About Word Detectives

Children become detectives and explore mystery and nature stories. They are encouraged to look for details or scout out items in real life. A variety of reading materials will be used.